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Pros and Cons of Stick (Wood) Framing for Commercial Projects

Posted By John Rinaldi - Architect On February 27, 2008 @ 7:47 pm In Construction | No Comments

Pro
1. Readily available throughout the United States
2. Easily worked with as a framing material
3. Experienced, licensed framers are familiar with wood
4. Experienced framers have all the tools for the trade
5. Most building departments and inspectors are familiar with the stick
assembly of homes
6. All licensed architects are very familiar with wood as a framing material
7. Wood is a good insulator in conjunctions with the proper insulation
8. Wood is a recyclable material
9. Recycling of wood waste is becoming mandatory by the governmental
jurisdiction in which the site is located
Con
1. The new code, C.B.C. 2007, puts new restrictions on the use of stick frame
and heavy lumber
2. Large stick members and beams are heavy and may need mechanical
equipment to place
3. Other trades may have to drill through stick framing members
4. Wood does absorb moisture
5. Wood is becoming more expensive
6. Wood does put a burden on the forests
7. Wood is becoming a scarcer material

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